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Espresso Thoughts

Updated on December 14, 2012

XLVIII.


I never think of you

       But what I smile

              And feel you

                      Smiling back.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Surpass the moment

By fulfilling it.

Feel the ALL and be it

In every part,

    Wherever,

       However,

   Whenever

Matter not.

That which IS

Is unconfined,

Known by heart

When I see it

Where I be it,

How I become it

   Is it.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay






The world's

An agate marble,

And it is

Played for

"Keeps".


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Could my fingers grasp

     The wind,

          The flame,

               The light,

          The moment?

      Does forest grasp its trees?

How then, grasp love?

Yet I am found

In each of these

Merely grasped within

         Without

               Confinement.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Life's a divided highway

With one-way ramps,

To and from;

With speed limits,

Minimum

And maximum;

With lonely,

Isolated,

Desolated

Shoulders

For those who break down

Or can't keep up.

No license is

Required.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay




Swirl into the day

And ride its crest.

It finds the way

Much faster

Riding on the foam

Than one can

Plan and plot it,

Anchored on the ground,

Or in a limousine.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



To be transformed

From static past

Into dynamic present

Is to be, again ~

A kindergartner.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay

So many paper dolls

And out of all the rest,

Now  ~                 YOU!

Around the back,

I find a back!

You’re whole,

A person,

Now  ~               REAL!

   That is the best.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Jerry Atrixx! I'm most honored. (You don't look very geriatric, though. :-)

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      jerry atrixx 6 years ago

      Very very talented writer/poetess

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Epi! Thank you for reminding me of that great song of the Hollies! I loved their "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" too. Now you've refreshed my memory of both great songs! Thank you most of all for being YOU! You're a treasure!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....I don't need 'espresso' to think of you .....only my open heart, my relaxed mind ....and the air that I breathe! (with all due respect to the Hollies' song -lol)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - the courtyard is enchanting! Just lacks a few doves gliding about. I always visualize the old movie "Moment To Moment", set in Italy, when I think of such a scene. Have to be the doves, and a fountain with coins in it is nice too. Lovely daydream!! Might even have a limoncello for the festivity of it and watch "Moment To Moment". Again - thank you for the pretty praises and just for visiting my hubs, Ken! Hugs.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      I'm brought to feel the warmth and tenderness of your beautiful verses as I sip my espresso in an Italian courtyard surrounded by grapes hanging on the vine and the perfumes of roses blending in with your sweet poetic scribes. These are beautiful as always my sweet poetess I am enchanted by your brilliance. Hugs from me to you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      It's not a bad place and way to be, Charlie - in the present and making the most of very moment of it! :-) Thank you, sweetie - I'm thrilled that you came by. When I get my chapbook ready, I'll send you an autographed copy! hehe Hugs!

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      mighty tasty and I always feel like a kindergartner here. Chapbbook ready?

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, hello - - it always lifts my spirits to see you've commented on one of my hubs! Thank you, dear friend!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Another set of wonderful poems form a wonderful friend. Thank you for the pleasure.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for the visit, Doug. I feel honored by it. I have observed your comments on hubs I've visited and they seem to be generally thoughtful and well-stated. So thank you for your "take" here.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe, Martie - I'm Mother Hubbard - er - Hubland. Love it. And I always, always welcome your visits and comments, my dear Hubdaugter! Thank you ((((Martie)))) !!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - that is the permeating thought! All of our beings and all our time for feeling our feelings are right before us for the taking! Thank you, Katie! Hugs.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      As always just too awesome for words. Uplifting and delightful! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. Hugs and peace from me to you, my dearest mother in Hubland. I learn so much from you.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love all the many relative expressions of love, feeling, desire and passion for each and every moment in each and every day. Beautiful! :) Katie

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Does the forest grasp its trees? Interesting question posed in the middle, then followed up with a comparison to love. This is a sweet collection of poems, as seems to be your standard.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      toknowinfo -I visited your site before replying, as I enjoy knowing to whom I am speaking! I will visit it again and again. You have some wonderful hubs. I responded to the one about the value of lemons. So I am all the more pleased that you visited my site and enjoyed reading and reflecting on my words here. Hugs.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      This was a beautiful piece of writing. It is so enjoyable to read as the words flow through me. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Fossillady -Thank you for that lovely compliment for my poetry!

      And - haha - well - to tell the truth, the last actual dressy clothes in my closet are from the 80s. After that, I became so casual! I hadn't given these a thought as being dated. But they are, for sure. Since I graduated from high school in 1948 and my heyday was at the 50s, - the clothes of he 80s still seem rather modern. I've been through a lot of fashion upheavals. tee hee.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ms Sally - It is a strong visual, isn't' it. When I wrote it, it wasn't all that long after space shots had showed our Earth from enough perspective to see how beautiful it is, how round, how suspended in space - and of course - some of its makeup is agate. My brother was a marble collector and the "agates" were very prized. From these things came the thought for the poem - and then - the thought of how marbles are "played". Boys used to make it clear that the playing would be "for keeps" - no begging to get it back.

      I write my poetry by hand and it is always spaced airily and placed to enhance the thoughts. So I've tried to show that when I transcribe them to a screen with typing.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      christopheranton - how lovely. Thank you - and I'm happy you like the pictures, too. I have such fun assembling these hubs and coordinating the visual and even the sounds with the thoughts.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      miss_jkim - thank you, dear friend. Actually when I wrote many of them, it was so I could have a refuge myself, and a place of clarity and reassurance. So it is especially nice to have you share that it helps you in a similar way.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Your poetry is a delight, the cream of the crop! Get a load of those 80's outfits in the video!

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      Ms.Sally 6 years ago

      I love the imagery of the world as an agate marble. That whole poem is very cleaver, but also beautiful. I believe that the best poetry says a lot in very few words and you’ve achieved this well. I also really appreciate your use of space and the physical placement of all the words. Great job!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      The silver fountain that gushes out rivers of gold.

      That's you Nellieanna.

      And thanks for the lovely pictures as well.

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Nellieanna,

      I know that when the day leaves me worn, or restless, or weary; I can come and be refreshed by the soothing balm of your words, and I thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      amillar - Thank you so much!

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      amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Up and beautiful Nellieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      What a lovely compliment coming from one of our youngest to one of our - er - most mature. That is so dear, Ben. I appreciate your talent and your good opinion is a cherishable. Thank you. Who knows - we might meet some time! That would be so much fun!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      SilentReed. I got tired of the grind and figured it was more a choice than I'd realized! I'm so happy if my poems provide a break from it. Thanks for telling me that!

      I also thought Jobim was a perfect accompaniment for espresso! Great minds think alike! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Now I may be Sleepless in Dallas, neeleshkulkarni. Oh my. . . What a lovely compliment! Thank you. And especially I thank you for perceiving that poem so well.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dr. BJ Thank you. If anyone could pull off smiling out loud, it would be you! I love it! And it's true about paper dolls vs. real people. ;->

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Nellie, you are filled with enchantment, and youthful wisdom. Your words are a sight for sore eyes.

      It's such a wonderful escape from the world we live in.

      My favorite poem was:

      Surpass the moment

      By fulfilling it.

      Feel the ALL and be it

      In every part,

      Wherever,

      However,

      Whenever

      Matter not.

      That which IS

      Is unconfined,

      Known by heart

      When I see it

      Where I be it,

      How I become it

      Is it.

      Wonderful...I would love to meet you one day

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      Carefree moments like this come rare and far between the grind of daily living.Reading your lovely poems over a cup of espresso with the soothing beat of a bossa nova... They're the perfect Blend :)

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      Yet I am found

      In each of these

      Merely grasped within

      Without

      Confinement.

      amazing thought very well put Nellie.i often wake up nights wondering why I am so much in love with you.Now i know!!!!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Loved the paper dolls poem, Nellieanna. Smiled out loud when I read it. Not easy to smile out loud, you know.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Perhaps the key concept is "expected". When too much is expected from the unfolding of reality, there is ample room for disappointment because it seldom if ever conforms to our expectations, which are very often poorly designed anyway. We think we want and need things "now" which - in retrospect we will come to recognize as the worst possible outcomes for us. And when our expectations are met, we frequently have plenty of chances to experience how wrong they are for us. If we are more sensitive to the realities unfolding and can see our own paths in them, it is much more likely that we will be gratified and pleased by the outcomes.

      So - yes, we take risks, with or without expectations, but if we have hard and fast expectations, we are nearly guaranteed to be frustrated with what emerges and without them, we are more resilient and can embrace it as it develops more in accord with our real nature as well as in accord with Nature itself. The worst that happens is surely no worse than when we are hell-bent on "making everything conform" according to some idea we thought perfect.

      It doesn't rule out planning - but planning needs to be with a thought to making adjustments and appreciating what "turns up" unexpectedly.

      One thing I believe we need to be true to is our own nature. If it is not working - it is because it is blocked from all it really is. That means we can and must examine our choices and directions to see what the block is.

      Yes - a very nice cup! Hugs, Nikki.

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      Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

      yes but sometimes things dont always go as expected. and thats the risks we take every day, just walking out the house. most people are too busy wanting more and more to see that theres good right under their nose, we take those things for granted. the present is indeed where its at. hmmm glad to have had a cup with u!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh - Nikki - girl - you've described it exactly. There is some common sense in being aware of likely consequences of what one does in the present - like "if this, . . . then that. . ." so as to avoid pitfalls and toppling off cliffs which can be circumvented. But we can't map out everything - at least not if we have any real desire to LIVE our lives. And we can't always circumvent the unforeseen disasters. That is why we must have a lot of "bounce-back" and positive viewpoint. But it seems we agree that a lot of the good stuff is right before our eyes, "right here, right now" - and yet it can be easily overlooked if one is always trying to focus on the past or future.

      Good thoughts, gal. Hugs - and thanks for coming by and sharing them. It feels like we just had a sup of espresso together!

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      Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

      you are truly unconfined and a free spirit painting her words on us all. i love the fullfilling feeling from these poems that life is more splendid than we realize. and you cant plan life. you dont know whats gonna happen in the next second let alone the next day or year. anything can happen. so live in the moments like these, where a simple trip to the espresso shop is an adventure. cherish every moment and every sip as if its your last. life is a journey, a road we must keep travel, no you dont need a drivers liscense and you dont have to be "this" tall to ride this rollercoaster.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Fay - it's an honor to see you here and liking what you read! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      AW, RB - that is so gratifying! I hope nothing too serious ails you but if my little poems helped alleviate it, I'm beyond delighted! I'll be thinking about you. Thank you, dear lady.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      ChrisL - You know, to reach and become a friend through my poetry is truly a reward I (and it) had never even dreamed of doing except in very limited ways. I've always wished to be, as a person, better known and understood (even if not necessarily agreed with or even approved of!) - sot to feel I'm being accurately "read" is such a treat. I've too often felt that those who "should have" just 'never knew me' which seems sad both directions. And there comes a time when it's just too late to bridge it. So - especially, thank you for that thoughtful reassurance that I can be and am known as a person. It is far more precious than fame or fortune. (They aren't mutually exclusive, though - are they? tee hee)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      McH - - Thanks. Your opinion is ever valued! The recognition I get from you and others I admire and respect here at HP is almost blowing me away! I'd like to leave a legacy, though, of course.

      I appreciate your well wishes!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Eiddwen - I'm pleased with your response. It is so good to know you love my stuff. Thank you! I enjoy yours, too!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dimitris - you know how to make a person feel great and - important. I know you know whereof you speak. Thank you, my friend. I suppose publishing is in my picture and I will know when the time is "here". I'm basking in just feeling free to share it still. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Micky - I'm so pleased to see you, dear. Your good opinion is valued! Thank you!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      You're the best!

      up and beautiul

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear arb -thank you for the delicious comments. Yes, - that is how poetry works with time and space. When I read great poetry (indeed, any writing form) from other times and places and it truly feels now and here - that is its genius, I think. And my wonderment never ceases! :-)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Nellieanna, soooooo much wisdom packed into these poetic pills. Cures what ails me this morning. Love and Light to you. Thanks.

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      ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

      Nellieanna,

      I have been reading (and gushing about) your poetry for some time now, and realize how well you have shared your personal philosophies. All of us who read you feel that we know you, understand you, in some way, and are thus made intimate.

      Exquisite writing and images that are incredibly personal for the writer and the reader, truly a gift...

      C

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      Paul Buckle 6 years ago

      Accomplished as always Nellieanna, I hope you'll get the recognition you deserve in the publishing world. All the best')

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nellieanna,

      A truly beautiful hub and I loved every word of it my friend.

      Thank you so much for sharing your truly unique talent with us all.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Surely there must be the right people out there who can recognise your great talent and publish you? :-)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very beautiful as is all your work! Thank you dear Nellieanna!

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      arb 6 years ago

      She is found, within her words. Revealed in holding them, for the moment and in the next, setting free, that some other may grasp the same, in another moment far away. :) You are wonder come to dress the page.